Family Fun

Spend an afternoon of exciting activities for the whole family. See animals such as llamas, donkeys and pigs in the "Farmari". After meeting various species enjoy the great outdoors with a round of crazy golf or get the whole family onto one of the pedal karts for a look around the rest of the farm. If you prefer to stay indoors there is a huge soft play area with ball cannons, slides and other exciting features, and for the adults there is a relaxing coffee shop.

Indulge in luxurious dairy Cream O'Galloway Ice Crea, tuck into tasty Finlay's Farmhouse Cheese and enjoy lots and lots of deliciously good fun at the award winning Visitor Centre. Cream O'Galloway is a deliciously good fun place to visit. With its woodland adventure playground, indoor visitor centre and play areas, daily events, exciting slides, rides and pedal kart track, and its mile of beautiful walks and nature trails to explore Galloway's scenic countryside. New for 2014 is "Go Boing!" the first of it's kind in the UK, a specially built aerial netting adventure, full of bounce and fun for the whole family!

Collect your bag of feed from the shop and get up close to friendly animals such as Highland and Belted Galloway cattle, Shetland ponies, Jacob sheep,  ducks, peacocks and many more...! For a fun way to explore the farm children can go on donkey rides, and small children can enjoy a trip on the 'Choo Choo Express' through the park.

Mountain Biking Country - Dumfries and Galloway is home to five of the 7 Stanes Centre at Ae, Dalbeattie, Glentrool, Kirroughtree and Mabie. They all vary in difficulty, and the closest centre is in Ae (just 30 minutes away).

Are you looking for something to do with family and friends or seeking a fun day out with the kids in Dumfries?

Then why not explore Dumfries on this self-guided Murder Mystery themed Treasure Trail. As you follow the Trail route, can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to eliminate the suspects to discover whodunit?

The Trail starts at Whitesands, and continues along Bank Street, and via Midsteeple, Queensberry Square and Street to the Burns Statue. You will then explore past the Globe Inn, Burns Street, St Michaels Church, Suspension Brae, Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura, Robert Burns Centre and the Old Bridge, before returning to Whitesands.

Take a trip through the Dino Mine, hear stories and facts in the DinoDen, dig for fossils, have fun on the bouncy dinosaur and much more!

Places of Interest

A wide moat, twin-towered gatehouse and lofty battlements make Caerlaverock the epitome of the medieval stronghold. Learn all about its turbulent history as a castle caught up in border conflicts.

If you like delving deep into history, soaking up the finest culture, exploring beautiful countryside – or adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking – you’ll love a day at Drumlanrig Castle. From activities for kids to salmon fishing, you’ll find a raft of activity awaiting you. The Castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers and from your very first glance you’ll know you’re entering a special place. Special enough, in fact, that the producers of Outlander recently used the Castle for filming their second series!

For over 250 years Gretna Green in Scotland has been the name synonymous with romance and weddings.  Whether you want to get married or are looking for a great family day out, along with fabulous Scottish gift shopping. 

Explore the rolling Galloway glens and hills to discover picturesque forest trails, three friendly visitor centres, wonderful wildlife and a long and colourful history.

Here you can enjoy great walking, easy family cycling, exhilarating mountain biking or just sit back and soak up breathtaking loch and mountain views and starry night skies.

Open all year, you can enjoy the delights of these gardens in every season - from spring flowers, through summer blooms, autumn colours and winter frosts.

In the fine Scottish Baronial style house, many rooms are displayed as they were in the 1930s. On a guided tour you can find out about the history of the house and the Gordon family who had it built in 1872.

At the south-western tip of Scotland lies Logan, the country’s most exotic garden. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, southern hemisphere plants flourish in this plantsman’s paradise near Port Logan in Dumfries & Galloway.

The visitor centre provides all-weather, close-viewing of the action, together with more distant views of perched birds against the panoramic Galloway countryside.  A fantastic experience. The centre and feeding station are open from 1 - 4pm daily, in summer (March to October) and 1 - 3pm on weekdays & Sundays (or Saturdays by appointment), in winter.

Learn about the lawlessness of the McCullochs, for whom this six-storey tower house was built. Godfrey was executed for killing John Gordon, to whom the castle passed when the McCullochs lost their money. 

  • Admire the elegant tower house – a well-preserved example of a 15th-century Scottish nobleman’s residence
  • Spot fine features in the hall in the tower, from the splendid fireplace to a wall cupboard for the family silverware
  • Shudder at the horror of the pit prison – one of the best surviving in a Scottish tower house castle
  • Climb up to the battlements and be rewarded with views over the Water of Fleet to the Solway Firth beyond

Crawick Multiverse is a spectacular artland, visitor attraction and events venue in Dumfries & Galloway, utilising landscape art to transform a former open cast coal mine into an outdoor space that can be enjoyed by future generations.

Privately funded by the Duke of Buccleuch and designed by globally-renowned landscape artist Charles Jencks, Crawick Multiverse is a stunning representation of exciting discoveries and theories of the universe.

This world-class landscape art design links the themes of space, astronomy and cosmology, creating a truly inspiring landmark that will appeal to everyone from art enthusiasts and scientists to the wider community. 

Eating Out

All the food at the Hightae is home-cooked using local produce where possible and their evening supper menu board is regularly updated to ensure great tasting local fresh variety! Sit down infront of a burning wood stove after a days exploration, sample from Hightaes selection of single malt and luxury blended whiskies for a perfect end to a perfect day in Dumfries.

Telephone: 01387 811 711 

This Thai restaurant is tucked away in the back room of a traditional pub in the tiny village of Dalton in the middle of the Dumfriesshire coutryside. The setting may be surreal, but the food is always superbly fresh and tasty, and there's also a takeaway service.

Telephone: 01387 840 635

Telephone: 01387 840268

Brunches, lunches and afternoon teas.

Telephone: 01387 840632

Local Independent Food Shops

A great selection of Prime Scottish Venison, Oven Ready Game when in season, Fresh Fish and much much more, all carefully selected by Barony Country Foods for quality and flavour.  Visit the farmshop or have your order delivered to your door.

Farm Shops & Shopping

Retail complex including over 50 outlets offering discounted designer label items, plus cafes.

With over 70 boutiques, restaurants and cafés, Livingston Designer Outlet isn’t merely Scotland’s largest Designer Outlet. They have a wide range of stores, offering something to suit every taste. Highlights range from iconic fashion brands, including Fred Perry Kurt Geiger, Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger, athletic labels like Nike and Adidas, and high-street favourites like M&S and Next.

They ahave an 8-screen digital Vue Cinema, includes a 3D screen, extra leg-room stadium seating and wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screens with Dolby Digital Surround Sound. Showing the latest films, with plenty of treats from popcorn to pick’n’mix – it’s the perfect way to keep the young and young at heart entertained.

Or visit Paradise Island Adventure Golf with its two 18 hole adventure golf courses set amidst a tropical paradise, the perfect family activity after a day of shopping and suitable for kids of all ages. Open until late, 7 days a week.

It makes it the ideal place to explore with family or friends, to hunt out those special items, uncover some amazing bargains or to take a few moments and relax in.

Travel

PA Taxis Lockerbie is a family owned company providing a professional taxi service at a competitive price and operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With a range of 4 and 6 seater cars available, we're sure to have an option for you.

Situated next to Lockerbie railway station, PA Taxis Lockerbie are ideally suited for station pick up and drop offs to complete your onward journey.

For airport runs, shopping trips and transport to the hospital, you won't find better than us!

Call 07591 648400 now to arrange your taxi.

Walking Guides

Eskrigg Nature Reserve is maintained by a local charity on the site of an old curling pond. This walk begins from the town centre of Lockerbie, heading out to the reserve and returning via the Garden of Remembrance for victims of the Lockerbie bombing.

The Annandale Way is a 55-mile walking route in Dumfries and Galloway. 

At the source of the River Annan heading south to the coast OR begin your walk on the coast and head northwards to Moffat. A cairn marks either end of the Way.

Stag Do Activities

  • Drive a Tank
  • Car Crushing
  • Chieftain Tank Driving
  • Tank Limo Hire
  • Military Driving Days
  • Stag and Hen Parties
  • Corporate Days
  • Gift Vouchers
  • Birthday Parties
  • Battle Tank Experiences

Join your mates for a skirmish on former Ministry of Defense land used during WWII. Our multiple game zones are littered with huts, bunkers, barricades, open areas and dense forest. Defeat the enemy during hectic paint powered battles through the Jungle Zone, the Bunker Zone and even the Lake Zone... 

Hen Do Activities

Have a pamper party, mobile Spa day, birthdays, or any occasion, pamper parties, mobile massage, beauty, pamper party, Home spa, or Spa Day for 1, pamper, in Langholm, Gretna Green, Lockerbie, Canonbie, Longtown, Linhope, Annan, Eastriggs, Ecclefechan, Carlisle, Stapleton, Arkleton, & Cumbria.

  • Drive a Tank
  • Car Crushing
  • Chieftain Tank Driving
  • Tank Limo Hire
  • Military Driving Days
  • Stag and Hen Parties
  • Corporate Days
  • Gift Vouchers
  • Birthday Parties
  • Battle Tank Experiences

Festivals

The festival takes place each year in September.  It includes concerts in Moffat and a Blues Dinner in Annan, as well as featuring Jazz at the festivals centre in Lockerbie . The festival brings together a stellar line-up each year with the likes of the BBC Big Band, the Scottish Queen of the Blues Maggie Bell, Del Amitri stars in Del Amitri Restaurant in Annan, and Rose Room to name but a few! TakeFive in Lockerbie features over 15 hours of music across 2 venues and 3 stages with music to suit every taste. To find out more or join the mailing list call 0845 111 0302 or email fiona@jazzscotland.com

Shooting & Fishing

Greenswangs House is the ideal luxury holiday house for shooting parties, or those wishing to find some of the best angling in south west Scotland. Positioned perfectly for easy road access to south west Scotland and north west Lake District, with a fantastic selection of high quality shoots and fishing opportunities.

Fishing:

There is easy access for fly and spin fishing on the River Annan. Primarily a salmon and sea trout river, the Annan is also recently gaining a great reputation for being one of the best wild brown trout and grayling fisheries in the UK with fish well over 5lb being caught on a regular basis! The Rivers Nith and Dee are also only a short drive away with some excellent fishing opportunities.

The normal season for salmon runs from the 25th February to the 15th November, although licensed catch extensions can be obtained up until 30th November. All salmon caught before the 1st June must be returned, and it is advised to return all hen fish and sea trout  caught after the end of August.

Season or daily fishing permits can be purchased from www.fishannan.co.uk 

Damsel Fly Fishing - Fly Fishing Tuition with Sue Macniven. Trout and salmon spey casting tuition in Dumfries and Galloway. Damsel Fly Fishing is run by Sue Macniven, qualified to advanced level for both single and double handed casting, Sue teaches on still waters all year around and rivers throughout the season full time - not just weekends! Beginners and cover fishing is taught, as well as casting so the casts learned can then be applied in real fishing situations.

Shoots:

Raehills Estate - The Estate’s renowned shooting offers pheasants across 5,000 acres of diverse terrain. Birds are shown from mature woodlands and open moors, with guns standing in deep bottomed gullies.

Strahanna Stalking - A warm welcome awaits you in the picturesque countryside between idyllic villages of Moniave and Carsphairn. We provide stalking for the complete beginner and the more experienced hunter.

Drumlanrig Castle  - You can enjoy an exhilarating days sport on the magnificent Queensberry Estate thanks to the generations of careful planning and hard work led by sucessive Dukes of Buccleuch and overseen by expert gameskeepers and estate managers. Over the last seven years Drumlanrig has become known as one of the premier partridge shoots in the world! There are also 25 varied and excellent pheasant drives, and 25,000 acres of heather and moorland for grouse with four main beats being Durisdeer, Wanlockhead, Daerhead and Locherben.

Balgray Estate - The grandfather of the current owner Michael Jardine-Paterson was a keen shot, and planted the estate out in the 1920's with a view to shooting high birds. The estate is approximately 6,500 acres in size and shares a boarder with the Gillesbie Estate, owned by the Tulloch family. There are numerous drives of high quality on the Balgray shoot. Balgray Belcathill is awesome on a south westerly wind, but htere are a dozen or so with little to choose between them for showing tall birds.

Kingfield Estate - typically 150 bird day, for a team of eight guns. Kingfield Estate is located in Cumbria right on the English/Scottish border.

Delaney's Shoot - Small working mans friendly syndicate, the shoot is located around the area of Canonbie Dumfriesshire just over the Scottish border near Carlisle. The shooting ground covers some 5000 acres, with five or six drives to various woods and ponds around the shoots. Shooting released pheasant (1200) and wild duck, opportunities are also available for woodcock and snipe.

Greystone Shoot - The shoot comprises of around 1500 acres of woodland and game crop near Hayton, Brampton in Cumbria. In teams of eight, we work on a walk one stand one basis with approximately five drives for each team on the day, some members swap days to allow them to stand all day. The last few seasons have produced bags of between 90 and 130 birds with some drives showing fantastically challenging birds.

Dumfries & Galloway Goose and Duck Shoot - A few days a year each season Goose and Duck shooting is offered by a local knowledgable retired Gamekeeper. Shooting over fantastic lochs and rivers, also decoying inland crops all on private Estates in and around Dumfries and Galloway. Goose and Duck shooting extends over 50,000 acres. Dogs are welcome, and free tuition for novices is on offer if required. 

St Mary's Isle Estate - Family run, and well established shoot over 2000 acres of stunning countryside in south west Scotland. Many of the drives provide outstanding coastal views. Pheasants and partridges are shown from mature woodlands and young plantations with the guns standing in open fields to deep bottomed gullies, challenging even the most experienced of game shots. Drives such as The Glanley Valley, The Moss Banks and The Beech Point should strike fear and pleasure in equal measures into the line of guns. 

Netherstead Shoot - A little over 3000 acres of undulating typical Scottish Borders terrain, ideal stalking terrain with high seats in situ. Wild duck flights, driven pheasant and woodcock are all on offer on this shoot (dependent on availability). There is also access to both local trout and salmon fishing - both river and pond. 

Kencarrig Shoot - Offers wildfowling and rough shooting in some of the finest countryside that Scotland has to offer. Kencarrig gives the opportunity to shoot a mixed bag of pheasant, duck, partridge, woodcock, snipe, pigeon, rabbits and geese. 

The Newlands & Dalswinton Estates - situated in south west Scotland some 8 miles from the town of Dumfries. The Estates start shooting in early October for partridge with pheasants making up the majority of the bag from late October onwards.

Craigadam Estate - Craigadam has sporting access to 25,000 acres of shooting and stalking over farmland, moorland and woodland. Richard and Celia have together developed a remarkably successful shooting and fishing business. 

County Shows Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfries Show will be held on 5th August 2017

Award-winning Galloway Country Fair 2017, set in the grounds of the stunning Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway.

An annual two-day event, the Fair brings together food and drink, country sports, entertainment, children’s activities and much, much more. 

Wigtown Show is held annually on the first Wednesday in August at Bladnoch Park, Wigtown.

The Stranraer Show is the perfect mix of the traditional agricultural show where it’s all about the livestock, the competition and showmanship as well as having a huge variety trade stands, craft and food stalls and live entertainment to ensure a great day out for all the family.

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